Emerald Bay State Park Vikingsholm and Eagle Falls

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Purchased by the state of California in 1953, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969, and designated an underwater state park in 1994, Emerald Bay is Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel. Along with a plethora of spectacular views, visitors to Emerald Bay State Park, who come by boat or descend the 1.25-mile trail, will find many diversions, including sandy beaches for sunbathing, excellent picnic spots, a vibrant waterfall, and the architectural wonder of Vikingsholm mansion. A tour of Vikingsholm (mid-June through September) is an absolute must for any first-time visitor to Emerald Bay State Park. Eagle Falls provides the height of drama when the creek is swollen with snowmelt from the mountains above, usually throughout the month of June.

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"Purchased by the state of California in 1953, designated a National Natural Landmark in 1969, and designated an underwater state park in 1994, Emerald Bay is Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel.

Along with a plethora of spectacular views, visitors to Emerald Bay State Park, who come by boat or descend the 1.25-mile trail, will find many diversions, including sandy beaches for sunbathing, excellent picnic spots, a vibrant waterfall, and the architectural wonder of Vikingsholm mansion. A tour of Vikingsholm (mid-June through September) is an absolute must for any first-time visitor to Emerald Bay State Park. Eagle Falls provides the height of drama when the creek is swollen with snowmelt from the mountains above, usually throughout the month of June."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 230 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Best mid-May through September. *Note*-Although there are campgrounds on the west and east shores of Emerald Bay, the Vikingsholm area, including Eagle Falls, is day-use only, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Emerald Bay State Park at 530-541-3030; D. L. Bliss State Park at 530-525-7277, parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: CSP D. L. Bliss and Emerald Bay State Parks Trail System

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